Master of Biostatistics

Overview

The Master of Biostatistics degree is designed to provide you with advanced biostatistical training, enabling you to attain the required skills for employment as a biostatistician. For graduates with a health sciences background, completing a Masters degree in Biostatistics will enable you to gain more sophisticated statistical skills, while for those from a mathematical background, undertaking a Master of Biostatistics will further your understanding of health issues and the application of statistics in the field. This course is professionally accredited by the Statistical Society of Australia.

**The biostatistics program is available to residents of Australia and New Zealand. The Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate are also available to off-shore international students. You may then upgrade to the Masters when eligible if suitable arrangements can be made for supervision of the workplace project(s). As an off-shore international student, you will be studying for your degree in your own country. It is not possible to complete these courses as an international student in Australia.

Course Content

The Master of Biostatistics course covers a range of units of study which are undertaken via distance learning through collaborative teaching by a group of senior academic biostatisticians from a range of Australian Universities - the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia.

These units will enable you to learn about a wide variety of biostatistical techniques. The course also includes workplace projects which will expose you to one or more real-life biostatistical problems, so that you can practice what you have learned under the supervision of an experienced biostatistician.

Please note: Because the course is predominantly delivered via distance learning, you will need to be a highly motivated adult learner.

Course Structure

The Masters is a three-year part-time degree of 72 credit points. It is currently only available for residents of Australia and New Zealand. To qualify for the degree, students must complete a compulsory core comprising:

The remainder of the 72 credit points is made up of electives. If you have exemptions from core units based on previous study, you can choose extra electives to make up the 72 credit points required.

The table below summarises the course structure and requirements for the Master of Biostatistics program.

 

 Unit of study code

Unit of study name 

Credit point (CP) value 

 Total credit points

Core units - 60 credit points (recommended no more than 2 units per semester)
BSTA5001*  Mathematical Background for Biostatistics 

6CP

 
BSTA5023* Probability and Distribution Theory 

6CP

 
BSTA5002*  Principles of Statistical Inference 

 6CP

 
PUBH5010* or BSTA5011* Epidemiology 

 6CP

 
BSTA5004  Data Management & Statistical Computing 

 6CP

 
BSTA5006  Design of Randomised Controlled Trials 

 6CP

 
BSTA5007  Linear Models 

 6CP

 
BSTA5008  Categorical Data and GLMs 

 6CP

 
BSTA5009  Survival Analysis 

 6CP

 
 

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Workplace Project Portfolio - 6 or 12 credit points
BSTA5020#  Workplace Project Portfolio A 

 6CP

 
BSTA5021# Workplace Project Portfolio B 

6CP

 
BSTA5022# Workplace Project Portfolio C 

 6CP

 
   

6 or 12

One or two elective units

12 or 6

     Total credit points:

 72

* one or more of these units may be waived, depending on your previous studies, leaving room for more electives (listed below)
# it is compulsory for Masters students to take either Parts A and B (12CP) or Part C (6CP)

Although the core subjects are compulsory, many students will NOT need to complete either:

  • Epidemiology (if you have a health research background including study of epidemiology or equivalent experience), or
  • one or more of BSTA5001 Mathematical Background for Biostatistics, BSTA5023 Probability and Distribution Theory, and BSTA5002 Principles of Statistical Inference (if you have a mathematical and/or statistical background).

Electives:

The table below lists the elective units of study:

 

 Unit of study code

Unit of study name 

Credit point (CP) value 

Semester 1 units:
BSTA5003 Health Indicators and Health Surveys

6CP

BSTA5005 Clinical Biostatistics

6CP

BSTA5012  Longitudinal and Correlated Data 

 6CP

Semester 2 units:
BSTA5013+ Bioinformatics 

6CP

BSTA5014* Bayesian Statistical Methods 

6CP

+ this unit is only offered in odd numbered years
* this unit is only offered in even numbered years